Water and summer fun go hand in hand – a family trip to the beach with children frolicking in the waves, a group of cyclists riding past a family of ducks swimming in the Los Angeles River, an older couple enjoying a leisurely Sunday-afternoon ride on one of Echo Park Lake’s iconic pedal boats.
Improving water quality for Angelenos during LA’s hottest season is a core goal of the Safe Clean Water Program – Los Angeles County’s $285 million annual program, which was approved by voters in 2018. LA Sanitation and Environment is proud to be leading the City of Los Angeles’ effort to develop and build a complementary municipal Safe Clean Water Program to create a sustainable and livable future for LA.
From Santa Clarita to San Pedro, from Malibu to Monrovia, the Safe Clean Water Program (Program) is a game changer for Southern California and its ongoing challenges of reducing its dependency on imported water, improving regional water quality and meeting federal Clean Water Act mandates. The Program provides local, dedicated funding for the development and construction of multi-benefit projects that feature nature-based solutions to increase LA’s local water supply, improve water quality and protect public health.
Throughout spring and early summer, the Safe Clean Water Program’s Scoring Committee, nine Watershed Area Steering Committees (or WASCs) and Regional Oversight Committee scored and evaluated the proposed 58 infrastructure projects, 21 technical program requests and seven scientific studies requests submitted during LA County’s Regional Round 1 Call for Projects in December 2019. The result of this review process was the development of Stormwater Investment Plans (or SIPs) for fiscal year 2020-21 for each of LA’s nine watersheds. The SIPs included 41 infrastructure projects, 18 technical program requests and four scientific studies.
The City of Los Angeles has a number of regional projects and one scientific study included in the 2020-21 SIPs. They include the following:
On the municipal side, the City of LA’s Safe Clean Water Program is taking shape.
In late spring, the City of LA approved its Safe Clean Water Program ordinance that identified municipal seat representatives who will serve on the applicable WASCs, created special program accounts and established the program’s administrative oversight committee (or AOC), which is tasked with overseeing the City’s Safe Clean Water Program. The AOC held its first meeting on August 27. You may subscribe to receive the Measure W – Safe Clean Water AOC agendas. The City’s 2020-21 Annual Plan, which outlines how Los Angeles will allocate its municipal disbursement, will be reviewed by the Board of Public Works later this month.
The next steps for the Safe Clean Water Program include the following:
If you would like to learn more about the City’s Safe Clean Water Program, please visit LA Sanitation and Environment’s website. And, if you would like to receive periodic updates on the City of Los Angeles’ Safe Clean Water Program and its projects, please sign up here.